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Live Aid (4 Disc Set)

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Any music fan can tell you exactly where they were on July 13th, 1985. There had never been a concert event of such magnitude-the biggest names in music performing in a concert broadcast live from 2 continents to an audience of over 1.5 billion. It is estimated that 85% of the world's television sets were tuned in to Live Aid that day. Now, for the first time on home video, you can own the concert that was arguably the biggest rock event in history-featuring David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Sting, The Who, U2, Neil Young, and many, many more. Over 10 hours of performances in a premium-packaged 4-DVD set. Royalties will benefit Band Aid Trust, which continues to provide direct hunger relief in Africa.

Billed as "the day music changed history," the Live Aid concerts of July 13, 1985, were held to raise money to fight the horrifying famines sweeping Africa. The brainchild of Bob Geldof and representing the efforts of countless musicians and technicians, Live Aid was a genuine and inspiring effort to help the victims of an overwhelming calamity. Twenty years after the twin concerts (one in London, one in Philadelphia) were broadcast worldwide, the 4-DVD treatment furthers the cause, with proceeds going toward the Band Aid Trust.

The DVD set opens with a heartbreaking documentary on the crisis, followed by videos of the two hit songs that represented the collaborative nature of Geldof's efforts—Band Aid' s "Do They Know It's Christmas?" and USA for Africa's "We Are the World." Since Live Aid was never intended to be released in a recorded format, preservation of TV footage has been unreliable, resulting in some glaring omissions. Led Zeppelin's semi-reunion doesn't appear, and neither does a legendary session with Bob Dylan, Ron Wood, and Keith Richards. Some sets by performers who were popular at the time may inspire either nostalgic glee or head-scratching (Kiki Dee fans, you know who you are). Sprinkled amid these performances are a couple real gems, including a performance by Run DMC, the event's sole representative of the ascendant rap movement. Much of the music here was a passing fad, but the sentiment that brought it all together is timeless. -- Ryan Boudinot

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bob Geldof, Bryan Adams, Stuart Adamson, Mo Amin, Adam Ant
  • Directors: Vincent Scarza
  • Writers: Bob Geldof
  • Producers: David Fein, Hal Uplinger, Rich Zielinski
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 960 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (276 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002Z9HT8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,339 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Live Aid (4 Disc Set)" on IMDb

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By M. Smith on November 20, 2004
Format: DVD
as a 24 year old i had only heard about the "legend of Live aid" well this dvd certanlly showed me the event was bigger than the legend. i havn't found a complete tracklist so here is one:

Disk 1



BBC TV News Report

Band Aid Video Do They know it's Christmas?

USA for Africa Video We Are The World

Coldstream Guards Royal Salute

Status Quo Rockin all over the world, Caroline

The Style Council Internationalists, Walls Come Tumbling Down

The Boomtown Rats I Don't like Mondays, Drag me down

Adam Ant Vive Le Rock

Ultravox Dancing with tears in my eyes, Vienna

Spandau Ballet Only When You Leave, True

Elvis Costello All you need is love

Nik Kershaw Wouldn't it be good

Sade Your love is king

Sting Roxanne

Phil Collins Against all odds

Sting & Phil Collins Every breath you take

Howard Jones Hide & Seek

Bryan Ferry Slave to love, Jealous Guy

Paul Young Do They know it's christmas?
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Today Charity Concerts are very common in the music industry. But when looking at a Charity Concert - the Worldwide July 13, 1985 Live Aid Concert has to be the Granddaddy of them all. It boasted the greatest lineup of musicians ever assembled for one effort. Prior to Live Aid, Woodstock was considered the greatest lineup ever assembled for a concert. Live Aid would far surpass Woodstock. Live Aid would primarily take place from two locations - Wembley Stadium in London and JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. There would be other feeds from several other countries. The feeds for all of these shows would be synchronized to create one big concert to both the TV audience as well as to the fans in attendance at the venues. I remember the Saturday in July when this show took place. In the United States, the coverage would be split between Cable and Network TV. I think many of us took this for granted - because that would basically be the only day this would ever be broadcasted - and we didn't see eveything. Unless you had your VCR running, this would be it.- until 19 1/2 years later when the "Live Aid" 4 DVD Set would be released.

According to the liner notes, Band Aid Organizer Bob Geldof - for legal reasons, did not want the Live Aid Show recorded or shown again. However, the fact remains that recordings did exist and thus this DVD set was assembled. This 4 DVD Set consists of about 10 hours of Concert and associated extras. The important thing to note is that this is NOT the whole Live Aid Show. There are many parts of the Live Aid Show that are not included. The official reason for things not being included is the claim that the footage doesn't exist.
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I just read through all of the reviews for this DVD, and one thing is glaringly obvious - no one has actually seen/heard the thing! I have an advance copy, and it's funny to hear people pontificating about something they have never seen - I particularly enjoyed comments like "Phil Collins doesn't perform 'Against All Odds' on this DVD". Hmm. I rather enjoyed the performance that I just watched.

Folks, it's a 20-year-old television broadcast that they've remastered in beautiful surround sound that shows off all of the performances, warts and all, and it sounds AMAZING. Branford Marsalis' haunting soprano sax rings through like a plaintive siren in the night. Yes, there are some glitches, and some out of tune harmonies - the Beach Boys segment alone has some that are cringe-worthy. But again, that segment illustrates the beauty of the set - there they are, Brian up with the rest, Carl singing his heart out, Mike Love as nonplussed as can be, all doing it for a wonderful cause.

Each of the 4 DVDs is over 2 hours in length. That's a lot of music. Yes, some performances were left off. But please wait and whine until after you've actually had a chance to hear/see what a remarkable job these folks did with this set.
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A couple of reviewers here have trashed this DVD set because Led Zeppelin and Rick Springfield aren't on it. The reason Led Zeppelin weren't included on this set was because they didn't want to be included. From a BBC news report dated August 4: A statement from the members said: "Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones are in absolute full support of the fundraising project for the people of Sudan. However, Jimmy, Robert and John Paul found that both the sound and general reproduction of their performance at Live Aid Philadelphia was substandard." As for Rick Springfield, one of his songs is included among the extras. Virtually every act had some songs cut on the DVD, with the exception I think of Queen, who thankfully have their entire set included (if memory serves, there were six songs in their set). I would have liked every song presented that day from every band, live or via video, to be on this set but I guess an extra disc or two might have made it more expensive, thus inaccessible to less affluent people. But one can look at the tracklistings and extras at and they'll see that there is still a wealth of good stuff in this compilation! Really, most of the bands and songs are on the DVD! And come on people, the proceeds from this set are going to a good cause. Spread a little Christmas cheer this year for yourselves and for others and get into the spirit of this unforgettable, amazing event!
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